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Tom: Having Lisa Present Definitely Shook Me up
Tom Schwartz opens up about his failed business plan for LVP sangria.
Bravotv.com: Were you nervous walking into your business meeting with Lisa, Pandora, and Jason?
Tom Schwartz: I was overconfident, underprepared. The stakes didn't feel especially high because I was still working. Believe it or not I do work. Well, sometimes haha. I actually worked for a beverage distributor in north Florida for three years after college. It's a solid gig with good fringe benefits. I got out before I really learned the business, but just wanted the record to show, I AM employable. Having Lisa present definitely shook me up a little. She knocks the cool out of me. Like when you see a man dripping with swagger encounter a bee flying by his ear, all that swagger is drained instantaneously. I went in too vague. Vaguely Ambitious will be the name of my memoir some day that I won't write.
Bravotv.com: Do you wish you would have prepared more for the meeting?
TS: Yes, I should have polished my act more. Always better to be overdressed, over prepared, ey?
In regards to the interview, I wanted to set the bar very low so that everything that we participated in from that point on could only look better.
Bravotv.com: What made you want to back out and not fully commit to your business plan?
TS: I think I've said this before, maybe in the after show, but the moment I vocalized my intentions to try and collaborate with LVP sangria, a little tiny seed of doubt planted. It was very small and I didn't water it, but it continued to grow as the possibility of really working for them came to fruition. I have so much respect for what they have done with that brand and I didn't want to move forward without being in 100%.
Bravotv.com: In your perfect world what would being a “brand ambassador” for Lisa’s sangria look like?
TS: In a perfect world, I would do events with LVP on the weekends. Helping set up and run the events. People would laugh and rave about what a great product it is and put in massive orders taking it to the #1 spot in its category. Jay-Z would drop lines about LVP sangria on his new album, "ca-Ching ca-Ching it's an onomatopoeia, sitting on my stacks sipping LVP sangria."
Bravotv.com: What do you think of James spitting on Kristen's door?
TS: Well s***. Trashy move. Dude was seething. A bad look for sure. Figure he regretted that. Sometimes we all do stupid s*** in the heat of the moment.
Bravotv.com: What do you think of Jax telling Brittany he wants her to stay with him after telling everyone that she wasn't going to move in with him?
TS: That's vintage Jax. Zero to let's have babies REAL quick. We all knew he was just saving face. Looks like he made the right decision though.